The Telegraph
Tuesday , June 10 , 2014
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Garbage chokes road

Dumped garbage at every nook and corner, on pavements and beside temple is a common sight on East Jail Road in the heart of the state capital.

The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) does not bother to send workers to clean the neighbourhoods flanking the 1km stretch, connecting Karbala Chowk with Jail More, which has become a busy thoroughfare after it was widened.

One would find almost all drains clogged with garbage and dirt. Even if cleaning work is undertaken, the attempt is only half-hearted.

For example, a fortnight ago, the civic body had partially cleared the main drain. But the men did not take away the garbage and left it on the sides of the culvert. After the residents raised a hue and cry, the RMC sent a team last week, which removed the waste, but only partially.

A drain that runs beside a small temple frequented by local people has turned into a vat. Residents claimed they had complained to the civic authorities, but in vain. Now with monsoon set to arrive in a few days, they fear that the situation would worsen in the midst of muck and slush.

“East Jail Road has become a busy road after it was designated as a new route for autos. Twice in the recent past two, motorcyclists met with minor accidents here when they tried to skirt heaps of garbage beside the drains,” said Munna, who works at a garage in the locality.

Another local resident who introduced himself as Alok spoke about the temple.

“There is a small nullah beside the temple. It has become a dumping ground now. We have reported the matter to RMC several times. Every time, the officials promise to take action, but nothing happens. People are also at fault because they dump garbage on the roadside and beside the temple, but RMC can’t be excused totally? Can they (civic officials) dare to keep VIP localities like Kanke Road, Doranda and Morabadi unattended like this?” Alok asked.

While RMC’s health officer Ajay Kumar Manjhi could not be not contacted, deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya said: “I was not aware of such specific problems in this locality. The garbage will be removed within a couple of days.”

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